The members of the SS and German Police who received the Third Reich’s highest military award have received extensive coverage from the earliest years of World War II research, however previous attempts at documenting all the Ritterkreuzträger (Knight’s Cross holders) of the Waffen-SS have been highly selective in the degree of coverage allocated to each recipient, with much focus being granted to select luminaries and very little to those deemed more obscure or controversial. These earlier works, the best known of them authored by Waffen-SS veterans, have also largely reflected the political opinions of their authors rather than presenting the facts alone. In this first volume, intended as a reference for the use of historians and militaria collectors alike, the author presents rare and useful biographical data, derived primarily from SS personnel files and other contemporary documentation, on 178 SS and Police recipients of the Ritterkreuz. Lavishly illustrated, it contains hundreds of diverse and often striking photographs of the recipients covered. As noted military historian Hugh Page Taylor writes, ‘[This] fine reference [that] Mike Miller has now made available is a great relief, one I know I share with others seriously, objectively and without bias interested in the men of the Waffen-SS and Police.’
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KNIGHT’S CROSS HOLDERS OF THE SS AND GERMAN POLICE 1940-45. VOLUME 1: MIERVALDIS ADAMSONS – GEORG HURDELBRINK
A thoroughly researched and meticulously organised volume, the first in a series the author Michael D Miller is a disciplined and seasoned historian. Up until now there has not been many works in English that dealt solely with the Knight’s Cross winners of the SS and Polizei. Of course Mark Yerger’s excellent series on German Cross in Gold winners of the SS does cover quite a lot of Knight’s Cross winners, however it’s main focus is on German Cross winners, as well as unit structure, history and organization. This is the most detailed work that has ever been released in English. It is written in capsule biography style, with information on everything from their SS and Party numbers, to all of their promotions, but primarily all of the awards and decorations each individual received. In this later aspect this series goes far beyond anything thus produced on this subject. The research done includes numerous primary sources and archival material. Finally the multitude of photographs are astounding! Many rare and never before released photos of the Knight’s Cross winners accompany the text. All of them with excellent captions. This book is without a doubt a necessary buy for anyone interested in this subject.
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